I figured being only 2 1/2 hours from home I’d buzz back to Yarnell to pick up some things, be there a few days and return to the desert. Not to be.
Welcome home to more repairs. This time on my 5th-wheel home. I was dreaming of a hot shower and instead discovered the kitchen faucet broken. Although I’d drained the water lines, turned off the water to the RV, and put anti-freeze in the drains there must have been just enough water in the line to freeze and blow things apart.
Because it was Sunday I had to wait until the next day to buy yet another new faucet and put it in all by myself. But only because I could see it. Thank goodness there’s a cupboard door on the backside of the sink.
Moved the groceries out of the camper only to discover the refrigerator/freezer in the 5th-wheel wasn’t cold. So refrigerated groceries went back to the camper. It’s like having a big house to walk further for the food which wouldn’t be so bad if it hadn’t been raining for several days.
After talking to several people about the fridge, compressor still running but no cold, and searching online about repairs I decided it was cheaper to replace the unit as the repairs would probably cost the same if not more. Now you have to remember this is not a RV propane/electric refrigerator, it’s a home model. Price for the RV unit is about $1600 compared to $430, which is why the previous owners replaced it with a home model as it sat in one place all the time. The old Magic Chef is 5 1/2 years old and out of warranty. It’s a very specific, and small opening so the choices for replacement are limited. Reviews were not great for the Magic Chef, or for Sears who carries Whirlpool and Kenmore. Home Depot sells a Frigidaire that will fit plus they deliver, install and take the old one away for no extra charge. But it won’t be here until Friday, Feb 2. So I wait.
It’s not really terribly cold in Yarnell but has been raining a lot so I’ve only been motivated to go out as far as the camper/refrigerator. Heck I thought about just staying in the camper in the driveway. But I do love the space my 5th-wheel offers even though the truck camper proved to be quite comfortable staying in over a month. That’s good, because after that refrigerator is delivered and known to be working, I’m hitting the road again.
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